2022 Oscar Nominations: All the Shocking Snubs and Surprises From Lady Gaga to Kristen Stewart

Before we find out which stars will win big at the Oscars 2022 March 27, let's take a look back at which nominations surprised us and which stars were seemingly snubbed by the Academy.

By Cydney Contreras Mar 27, 2022 4:53 PMTags
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The Academy is keeping us on our toes when it comes the 2022 Oscars.

Back in February, when Leslie Jordan and Tracee Ellis Ross announced the nominees, fans learned Kristen Stewart had finally earned her first ever nod thanks to her portrayal of Princess Diana in Spencer. (She joins other first-time nominees such as Beyoncé, Kirsten DunstJessie BuckleyAriana DeBose and Aunjanue Ellis.)

But while Stewart took a bow, Nightmare Alley's Bradley Cooper and House of Gucci's Lady Gaga couldn't say the same as both did not earn nominations in any of the acting categories despite receiving critical acclaim for their performances. 

The singer still found a million reasons to celebration, especially when the film's hairstylist Frederic Aspiras scored a nomination. "I could not be happier for a man I call my brother," she wrote on Instagram. " And to all the nominees this year, congratulations on all your hard work, dedication, your nomination and YOUR magic—you all deserve major recognition for what was a truly beautiful landscape of performances and accomplishments this past year."

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To see the other snubs and surprises from the 2022 Oscar nominations, keep scrolling!

SNUB: Lady Gaga

After being nominated for the SAG Awards, BAFTAs and at other ceremonies, people assumed the singer-turned-actress was a shoe-in for a nomination for her role as Patrizia Reggiani in House of Gucci. But the star was beat out of the category by Olivia Colman, Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman, as well as first-time nominee Kristen Stewart.

SURPRISE: Kristen Stewart

After being snubbed by the Screen Actors Guild, the Spencer actress received a nomination for Best Actress, alongside Olivia Colman, Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman. This is Stewart's first-ever nomination for an Academy Award.

SNUB: Jodie Comer

On social media, the Last Duel actress has been celebrated for her powerful portrayal of Marguerite de Carrouges, a woman sexually assaulted in 14th century France. But popular opinion does not sway Academy voters, as she was passed over in the Lead Actress category.

SNUB: Jared Leto

While the SAG Awards applauded Leto's portrayal of Paolo Gucci in House of Gucci, it seems it didn't meet the criteria for the Academy. This shocking news comes nearly seven years after he won Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Dallas Buyer's Club.

SURPRISE: Don't Look Up

After receiving mixed reviews and being the butt of many jokes for the characters' appearances, Adam McKay's Netflix film has done surprising well on the awards circuit. The film is nominated for Best Picture by the Academy, as well as Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture by the Screen Actors Guild.

SNUB: Bradley Cooper

With Licorice Pizza and Nightmare Alley both in contention for the Academy Awards, Cooper had double the chances to be nominated in the acting categories. Alas, it seems it wasn't meant to be. That being said, the actor technically received a nomination for Best Picture as he was on the producing team for Nightmare Alley. The Screen Actors Guild recently nominated the star for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Paul Thomas Anderson's movie. 

SURPRISE: Dune

Though the sci-fi film was only nominated for Best Stunt Ensemble by a Motion Picture by the Screen Actors Guild, it received 10 nominations from the Academy, including Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup And Hairstyling, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects and Best Picture. Despite this recognition, director Denis Villeneuve and the cast were snubbed in their respective categories.

SNUB: Rachel Zegler

Fans of the musical had high hopes the 20-year-old actress would be nominated for Best Actress after she played Maria Vazquez in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story. But after getting a nod from the SAG Awards, Rachel has been left out of her respective category. The film itself fared well, scoring seven nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Ariana DeBose being named a nominee for Best Supporting Actress.

SNUB: Jennifer Hudson

The Academy previously gave the actress an Oscar for her portrayal of Effie Young in the 2006 film Dreamgirls, but it seems her portrayal of Aretha Franklin in Respect wasn't up to par for voters. Hudson was left out of the Best Actress and Best Song categories.

SNUB: Marlee Matlin

People were surprised to see Matlin was left out of the running in this year's race, as she is one of the only deaf actors to ever win an Academy Award. Nonetheless, the actress tweeted she's "very proud and happy" for CODA co-star Troy Kotsur, who became the second deaf person to be nominated for an Oscar.

SNUB: Caitriona Balfe

Kenneth Branaugh's film Belfast is nominated in seven categories, including Best Director, Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress and Best Actor. However, Caitriona was left out of the running, despite receiving applause for her portrayal of Ma.

SNUB: Peter Dinklage

Though Cyrano has received nominations for the Golden Globe Awards, BAFTAs and Critics' Choice Awards, Dinklage was shut out of the Best Actor category. The Joe Wright-directed film got one nod in the Best Costume Design category.

SNUB: Ben Affleck

While Ridley Scott's The Last Duel received zero nominations, fans were still surprised that Affleck's performance in The Tender Bar was also ignored. The star's portrayal of a charismatic bartender garnered nominations for Best Supporting Actor for the SAG Awards and the Golden Globe Awards.

SNUB: Nicolas Cage

While the Academy tends to ignore the thriller genre, fans of Pig were still dismayed to learn Cage was passed over for a Best Actor nomination. The star was applauded for his emotional depiction of a truffle hunter searching for his beloved pet.

This story was first published on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 at 8:21 a.m. PT.

The 2024 Academy Awards air live Sunday, March 10, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. ET/4 to 7:30 p.m. PT on ABC.